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Prada Watercolor Leaves Duffle Coat Runway F/W 1999, Look #32
Although Prada may have “gotten lost in the woods” with their 1999 Winter/Fall Collection- as wryly put in an article for the New York Times- this marvelous duffle coat may just be that season’s saving grace, well worth the meander off the garden path. Traditionally made from wool, the iconic duffle coat has been popular since the 1950’s. Possibly inspired by a Polish military frock coat, the duffle coat was successfully adopted by the British Navy in the 1880’s, and eventually gained celebrity status after WWII.
This luxurious take on a duffle coat is quintessential Prada at its best, effortlessly merging beauty and utility. As seen on Carolyn Murphy on the October 1999 cover of British Vogue, this vintage coat was named Coat of the Season that year, and remains a timeless classic. Done in an ivory silk, wool, and poly blend featuring a watercolor pattern of leaves done in shades of lavender, beige, chartreuse, rust, and plum, this coat evokes a crisp Autumn morning or afternoon.
Size: 42 IT
Size estimate: S/M
Shoulders: 16 inches
Sleeves: 24 inches
Bust: 37.5 inches
Waist: 36.5 inches
Hips: 37 inches
Length: 35 inches
Beginning with a high round collar and long sleeves, the hooded duffle coat has a simple, boxy silhouette that allows the fabric and watercolor pattern to shine, the hem reaching just above the knee. The coat closes at the upper front placket with three metal and brown leather toggles, creating a high front slit that allows for greater ease of movement.
Decorative stitching appears throughout, at the collar, hood, along the back and sides of the coat, and down the sleeves at the back, accentuating the proportions of both the body and the coat. Finished at the hems, front opening, shoulders, hood, and two large front patch pockets with ivory piping, this duffle coat is a beautiful and versatile addition to any fall wardrobe.
In excellent condition, this 1999 Prada Duffle Coat is fully lined and has been professionally eco dry cleaned and pressed. High-quality vintage pieces like this are yours to live in and love while increasing in value every year. It’s never too soon to start collecting them, as an investment in your wardrobe—and in yourself.